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Corfu

Corfu Holidays

Corfu is an intriguing island on the west side of Greece. Sharing a climate with the Italians, but a culture with the Greeks, Corfu has a unique atmosphere that combines humid green landscapes, luscious forests and golden beaches with backgammon, ouzo and a slow-paced lifestyle.

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A historic island

The island of Corfu is one of the most loved in Greece, possibly because it really is one of a kind. Situated so close to Italy that it shares a climate with them, many Greeks joke that it isn't really a Hellenic island at all. However, the culture is true to its homeland with the same laid-back attitude, strong sense of hospitality and incredible culinary traditions.

Historical Corfu has quite a story behind it. Once occupied by the Venetians, the fortified capital city withstood three Ottoman Empire sieges, and throughout the island the pride in their regional heritage is clear. If you're visiting Corfu you'll see all sorts of beautiful chapels, castles and ruins on your way between beaches and pools, cities and villages.

Where to stay in Corfu

Acharavi
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A small but fun tourist focused resort on the north coast of Corfu, Acharavi provides the complete holiday essentials complete with the terrific Corfu climate.

The town's famous local symbol is the old pumping well that is now a roundabout leading towards the main strip full of bars, restaurants and shops. A short walk from here is where you'll find the 3km of smooth, clean sands by a calm and shallow ocean.

There are plenty of opportunities to get active through the hiking and cycling trails in the mountains or you could find more thrills at the Hydropolis Waterpark.

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Aghios Georgios North
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Surrounded by miles of green hills that hide this resort's massive golden beach, Aghios Georgios North holidays are blissfully relaxing with a terrific backdrop.

Of the Aghios Georgios's, this is the quieter of the two. You'll spend most of your time here along the beach as this is where you'll find the majority of activities, bars, shops and restaurants.

A small river flows from the mountains and through the resort. Follow the paths on foot or on a bike to tour some phenomenal looking mountain ranges.

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Corfu Town
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Corfu's capital is a delight for those who appreciate beautiful town surroundings underneath a superb climate. Corfu Town has a long and varied history which has culminated in some truly exceptional buildings, structures and streets being on display in this famous location.

Between the old and new fortresses, the Liston Promenade, the old town area and the great beaches on the outskirts of the town, there isn't an unattractive area to be found.

To add to all of this, modern accommodations, fantastic shopping facilities and delicious restaurants are all on hand to fulfil all your needs on a holiday to Corfu Town.

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Kavos
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The nightlife King of Corfu, Kavos is an exciting destination placed perfectly underneath a hot Mediterranean climate. The 8km beach is a hub of activity by day and the streets are filled with awesome bars and nightclubs.

There are options to enjoy quieter nights in Kavos with some lovely lounges and quieter pubs but the clubs here are some of the best in all of Greece.

Everything within the resort is reachable by foot so there is no need to worry about travel once you've made the initial trip down from Corfu Airport.

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Sidari
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A popular resort on the north coast with a fantastic main beach that is supported by several smaller beach coves. The highlight of Sidari's natural coastline is the Canal d'Amour (the Canal of Love) with smooth rocky surroundings that protect a peaceful area of clear water.

The days are calm but the nights are lively with a vast selection of bars and clubs to hang out in. There is always some form of entertainment to enjoy with a variety of performers brightening up the nights.

Sidari also has a great selection of shops and restaurants that are the envy of nearby resorts.

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Eating out the Corfiot way

Corfu's fertile landscape has harnessed the warm climate to grow bigger, juicier and tastier ingredients that other Greek islands. Sharing the weather of neighbouring Italy provides incredible fruit and veg. However, the tavernas in Corfu stick to their traditional Greek recipes, and the results are unlike anything you've ever tasted.

Every single resort on the island has its own selection of Corfiot restaurants to choose from, and authentic, family-owned establishments welcome you in with great local wines and tasty specials. Gouvia and Pelekas undoubtedly lead the way, however, with Pelekas' Sunset Restaurant atop Kaiser's Throne considered by many to be the best restaurant on the island.

If it's international cuisine you're looking for then Corfu Town, Kavos and Aghios Georgios North are your best bets. The capital city has the higher class affairs, with fusion food, pizzerias and reputable chefs. Whereas the more tourist-heavy resorts will do you all the home comforts - a Sunday roast or full English - as well as a curry or even a Chinese takeaway.

Bronzing on the beaches

As one of the larger Greek islands, Corfu has more beach than many of its neighbours. A trip around the island will take you from busy Blue Flag award-winners to cosy secret coves or nudist havens. However you like to enjoy the seaside, it's guaranteed to be covered on this island.

For those who love an exciting beachside getaway with water sports, Aghios Georgios North is one of the largest strips of sand, and has water-skiing opportunities and para-sailing up for grabs. Kavos too, as the home of young clubbing culture in Corfu, has plenty of opportunities to speed across the surface of deep blue.

If you're a more laid-back type, and you just want to settle down with your book and sun yourself, then Nissaki should be top of your list. Its white pebbled beach is small and understated, with an accompanying village and handful of tavernas that serve excellent local dishes.

How to party on the island

For nightlife in Corfu you'll find that every village, town and resort has its own offerings, from karaoke to traditional Greek dances. However, if you're looking for a real blow-out then there are two main contenders. Kavos is the first, which is the crazy youth festival that rages all summer long. For cheap drinks, clubs and boat parties, Kavos can't be beaten.

If you're looking for a night out with more style, Corfu Town is the place. The bars here are modern and fashionable, with hundreds of people from all over gathering to enjoy cocktails and live music. You'll find anything from jazz to electro, swing to metal, and the bars often don't close until the last customer calls it a night.

Where to buy your souvenirs

Depending on what you're looking for, there are plenty of excellent opportunities to shop until you drop in Corfu. For the high-end jewellers and fashion boutique stores it's got to be Corfu Town, the trendy capital. The marble and granite streets are lined with shiny window fronts selling watches, figure-hugging clothes and state-of-the-art electronics.

However, if it's authentic, handmade Greek goods you're after then you can either stay in the Old Town district of the capital and browse the many market stalls, or better yet, visit one of the traditional little Corfiot villages. Every one of these will have their own silversmith or sandal-maker, and you really can't beat the real deal if you're looking for leather goods.